Coroner: Castro Was Not 'Sexually Stimulated'

Quashes corrections report of possible auto-erotic asphyxiation

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 11, 2013 6:56 AM CDT | Updated Oct 11, 2013 7:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – A corrections report stating Ariel Castro may have died from "auto-erotic asphyxiation" is quickly being shot down by a pretty reliable informant—Castro's coroner. Jan Gorniak says there were no signs of sexual stimulation, and though she wasn't aware Castro's pants and underwear were found at his ankles, that doesn't change things, CNN reports. "I did the autopsy myself. I saw the ligature. I saw the pictures of the cell. It was a suicide," Gorniak says. As for those who initially made the claim: "They were outside of their lane," she says. "I don't think anyone else should have an opinion on what the cause of death was." Click to read more of the initial report, involving a late ambulance and faked records.

In this May 9, 2013 file photo, Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court  in Cleveland on charges of kidnapping and rape.
In this May 9, 2013 file photo, Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court in Cleveland on charges of kidnapping and rape.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
This Aug. 1, 2013 file photo shows Ariel Castro in the courtroom during the sentencing phase in Cleveland.
This Aug. 1, 2013 file photo shows Ariel Castro in the courtroom during the sentencing phase in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
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